January 17, 2014
South Korea on Friday rejected a call from the reclusive North to halt “provocative” military drills with the United States, saying that as a democracy it did not launch pre-emptive strikes.
North Korea traditionally demands the South to call off the drills, scheduled for February and March this year, labelling them as a prelude to invasion, but this year it also suggested both sides take steps to ease tension, including a moratorium on mutual verbal attacks.
“The Key Resolve and the Foal Eagle exercises will go ahead as scheduled … (South Korea) is a democratic country so we do not engage in pre-emptive strikes,” South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said at a briefing.
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